Politics

Elebash strikes again, same tune as 2006

January 19, 2009

Fear reigns in C.C. Elebash’s opinion in the PNJ (Cancel the baseball stadium). The viewpoint is filled with coulds, maybes and unsubstantiated conclusions….very similar to the Save Our City campaign against the park three years ago.…

Bigger oops, Whitfield fired by Santa Rosa sheriff

January 19, 2009

The man the Escambia County Commission wants to make the Deputy Fire Chief – Robert Paul Whitfield, Jr. – was fired by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff on Dec. 22, 2005. He was fired for untruthfulness…

Oops, who does county hiring?

January 19, 2009

Last week, the daily newspaper announced that Robbie Whitfield was named the new deputy fire chief for Escambia County at the Tuesday, Jan. 13 retreat of the county commission. The only problem is the County’s HR…

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City fails disparity test

January 16, 2009

The draft of the MGT Study of the City of Pensacola’s Procurement and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program is close to being released. We received a copy of the draft and the numbers aren’t good. From…

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Maren DeWeese is upset!

January 16, 2009

Council member Maren DeWeese is upset with Commmunity Director Thaddeus Cohen’s decision to not fund neighborhood projects tfor which neighborhood associations raised money in anticipation of matching funds from the city. According to DeWeese, the only…

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Library scramble

January 16, 2009

Next week the Pensacola City Council will consider issuing a RFP for the downtown library that is currently proposed to be built on the site of the old Spring St. fire station. However, there are several…

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You can be a movie star

January 15, 2009

Got this email from Carol Kahn Parker: Seeking extras for THE NEW YEAR, an independent film being shot in the Pensacola! It is a low, low budget film that is considered a “dramedy”. They are looking…

Ingram files first

January 15, 2009

Press Release: Clay Ingram to run for Florida House of Representatives Vows to fight for Escambia County’s future PENSACOLA-Escambia County native Clay Ingram has filed to run for the Florida House of Representatives, District 2. Ingram…

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CMPA board positions

January 15, 2009

Mayor Mike Wiggins and Council member Megan Pratt have been nominated to fill John Fogg’s seat on the Community Maritime Park Associates Board of Trustees. Wiggins has told me that he doesn’t want to sit on…

Gas tax for education?

January 15, 2009

Yesterday the IN reported that Escambia All for One is putting together an effort to save the K-8 Carver School in Century that is scheduled to close next year. The group is in talks with County…

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Spooneybarger makes comeback

January 14, 2009

Pressbox.com has an article on the Pensacola native Tommy Spooneybarger’s comeback after two Tommy John surgeries. Spooneybarger pitched professionally for the first time since 2005. He played last summer for Single-A Aberdeen. He is trying out…

McLaughlin stays

January 14, 2009

The Escambia Board of County Commissioners held a retreat yesterday on Pensacola Beach at the Hilton. One topic discussed was whether or not the commissioners wanted Bob McLaughlin to continue as the county administrator. The consensus…

New Young Professionals forming

January 14, 2009

Jayer Williamson is heading up a group that wants to form the Santa Rosa Young Professionals. They are working on their by-laws and mission statement and will hold an organizational meeting soon. The Independent News is…

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Buzz: Coby no longer interim

January 13, 2009

Mayor Mike Wiggins stunned yesterday’s crowd at the city council meeting when he referred to Al Coby as the city manager. “Al agreed to stay on, not as interim city manager – we have made him…

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Council committee assignments

January 13, 2009

FINANCE COMMITTEE Jewel Cannada-Wynn, Chair Mike Wiggins, Vice Chair Sam Hall John Jerralds Ronald Townsend P.C. Wu NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES Sam Hall, Chair Maren DeWeese, Vice Chair Jewel Cannada-Wynn Larry B. Johnson Megan B. Pratt ENTERPRISE OPERATIONS…